Though we're not quite yet into December, it's probably about time to start thinking about what gifts you're going to pick up for your friends and family. If you're anything like most other people, coming up with presents for everyone in your life is probably an unnecessarily difficult task. At least, it is for me somewhere near 90% of the time.
But, if you've got a tech nerd in your life, then you're in luck. For the next couple of weeks, I'll be putting together lists of the hottest products in gaming and tech for every budget. This week, you'll find some of the best things you can buy for £50 and under. It might be a bit hard finding products that fall within this range because, let's face it, gadgets are an expensive hobby. Still, if you know where to look, you'll find plenty of products that any tech geek would be glad to have.
Savoo loves all its merchants, so it's a shame we don't get to see all of them more often. But last week the team and I visited eBuyer in East Yorkshire. It's a long way to go from London but it was worth every hour on that train. eBuyer should be a case study on how to run an internet business. The team there are always open to ideas, they understand how people want to shop and they know what they want to buy. They understand online marketing, they understand that consumers want a great deal and, I am pleased to say, are doing really well.
Personally, I am a massive fan of eBuyer
and last week I put my money where my mouth is and bought my wife a
present she has been after for ages to help her with her design work
that she is doing.
As someone who self-identifies as a geek, I completely understand just how difficult it can be shopping for one. We kind of have a tendency to be somewhat lacking in communication skills yet at the same time very particular about the things we like, which makes the already frustrating process of gift buying all the more complicated. I mean, I can only hide the look of disappointment on my face so much when I unwrap a present to find the original Nintendo Wii Remote instead of the Wii Remote Plus. So, that said, here's a short list of some surefire gifts to get for the geek in your life, each priced at £100 or less.
In Apple's latest attempt to have you pay money to stand in queue for hours, the company unveiled the new Macbook Air at its Back to the Mac event. Unlike the previous Macbook Air, which for all of its manila folder-fitting thinness still managed to pack a hard drive inside, the new one takes a page out of the iPad's book and relies solely on flash memory. According to Apple CEO Steve Jobs, the new Macbook Air is "like nothing [Apple has] ever created before." Except, you know, for the old Macbook Air. Which, incidentally, happened to be very functionally similar to the regular Macbooks. And the old Macbooks in turn were sort of like portable versions of the iMac. So it's actually a lot like things they've created before.
With school soon starting, there's certainly a more than reasonable chance that many of you are looking to purchase or have just recently purchased a new computer. If that's the case, you'll probably have noticed that your computer is missing some essential pieces of software, such as Microsoft Word, Adobe Photoshop, and a quality antivirus program. Purchasing copies of these programs new can cost upwards of several hundred pounds, making that a rather pricey option, especially for students.
Fortunately, there are a number of alternatives to these that are
available completely free of charge. Though they might not offer quite
the same functionality or versatility, more often than not, they provide
more than enough to get your work done. Below is some of what we've
found to be the cream of the crop:
As we noted in our previous post, being a gamer can be hard on the wallet. With new releases often priced somewhere in the neighbourhood of £35 and £40, every new title is a considerable investment. That said, however, it's still entirely possible to find ways to waste your time playing games (let's be honest, gaming isn't exactly an activity you'd call productive) without breaking the bank. Here are a few more of our favourites: